Hi Guys, Am I getting nervous about the walk…”YES.” Can I make the whole 484 miles? I know I can! However, how long it will take me? I don’t know! Nevertheless, I’m still OK with all that. Now the fear of doing the walk with no money, that’s a different story! The un-known of what could happen to me still scare me! On the other hand, that’s why I must do it!
The “WALK ALONG GANG” is growing! Some are doing the whole 484-miles while others are going to do the last 100-miles. Last week on my monthly walking “Hash” I met my new friend Shinji. He did the Camino walk recently. He and his girlfriend only did the last 12 miles in a few days and said, “Everyone should do this it was a beautiful experience that I will never forget!”
So for you who are still thinking “I COULD NEVER DO THAT?” You may want to re-consider? You can still become a part of this historic walk!
What an exciting week! First, my announcement to have the King of Thailand involved has run into some new challenges. He has become ill and is not doing any extra activities at this point.
As part of my daily exercise program I have created a membership plan with a beautiful hotel a few blocks from where I live called “The Legend.” I try every day to use the pool and the walking machine to get into shape for my walk. During my swim, I made a new friend Mike, who owns an orchard farm near Chiang Mia. He is the one who is trying to help me to get the Kings signature on my walking staff. This is not an easy task. However, he is doing his best to help.
I plan to do this walk as an American who lives in Thailand for the King of Thailand. My thought is to share the “LIFE” lessons I have learned from the people in Thailand with others I meet along “The Way.”
Originally, my thought was to walk with a cane, hopefully signed by the King of Thailand. I was told this is impossible he doesn’t do things like that! Of course that’s all I needed to hear to try to get this done. Whether this happens, it won’t change anything I do on my walk.
The cane I will be doing this walk with is turning into a story in itself. I was going to buy a fancy handmade cane; however, all this changed when I did my “Hash” walk last week. The Hash is just a group of people who every month takes a different walk (about four miles) through the woods. It is a great way to make new friends get some exercise and explore a part of Thailand you might never see.
Now this is where it gets interesting! One of my walking buddies, Kelley who is from Boulder, Colorado and teaches English here in Chiang Rai was having a problem walking due to an accident on her bike. We found a piece of bamboo that was perfect to help her along our walk.
So a new idea was born, why not use this simple piece of bamboo as my cane which I now call my staff during my walk. It already has history to it, and it can’t be more authentic as a part of Thailand. Now my next task will be to carry this five-foot pole on the airplane? I don’t know what their restrictions are at this point?
So our adventure continues, not sure what’s around the next corner, even before I take my first step? Not knowing is part of all the fun of this! My friend Billie called me a “Rascal” she seems that best describes me? So should I call myself, “Rascal Jim?”
I’m excited, nervously. Love and stuff…Jim, or maybe soon to become “RJ”
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